The idea of this parody came to us thanks to one of our members, who often hummed the tune sung by the child in the first video without even realising it. We said we have to do something with this song before we all start singing it, and almost forget its message.
We wrote the song’s lyrics during a work meeting. Then our friend Amen el-Arand, who was a singer at the Syrian Opera before the conflict, worked on the music. This took three weeks. We recorded the clip in a studio in a country neighbouring Syria [for security reasons, Bidayat’s members declined to name the country]. After two weeks of editing, we uploaded the clip onto YouTube. And in barely three days, it was watched by more than 50,000 users!
“Laughing and making fun of our misfortune is a survival instinct”
Tackling the horrors of war with humour and mockery may seem strange. It’s true that the country is at war, but don’t think for a second that Syrians spend all their time crying! The war hasn’t taken away our sense of humour. Laughing and making fun of our misfortune is also a survival instinct.
We start our clip with two excerpts from the two opposing videos that both carry the same message of violence. This doesn’t mean that we’re comparing the regime and the opposition. We completely support the Syrian revolution and we don’t give the victim and the killer equal weight. But we do condemn extremism regardless of where it comes from and we believe that, with regards to children, both sides are committing abuse.
We’re not naïve enough to believe that our videos will change the face of the war. Above all, we believe in the power of art and we want to remind people that Syrians do not condone what is happening: the pacifists have not given up.